MARSHALL MA | News
The team left Friday morning for Los Alamos and arrived at the Mesa Public Library to support the few members competing in Congressional Debate. Those not competing in Congress took part in sightseeing and eating in downtown Los Alamos, making for great team-bonding experiences. Around 2:30 in the afternoon, the team went to Los Alamos High School to set up and prepare for the main speech and debate tournament. Only varsity members were present and thus were able to maintain excellent focus and reserve in preparation for speaking and debating events that would ensue later that day. Speech rounds went off and debate would quickly follow. After many rounds and a long day, the team retired to the hotel late at night for a very small but much-needed amount of sleep.
The team’s day started very early, arriving at the school by 7:30 am to begin competing again. As the day progressed, the stress grew. However, La Cueva would obviously persevere. First, news broke that the La Cueva Policy Debate teams closed out at semi-finals. This means that La Cueva had two of the four teams in semi-finals, the teams of Namachivayam/Macherla and Garcia/Hong. Both of these teams emerge from their rounds victorious; thus making a final round unnecessary and awarding both of the La Cueva teams 1st place.
Shortly after this glorious news, La Cueva Lincoln-Douglas debaters Thornton, Lee, and Jeffcoat also close out! The heat was then on for the Public Forum debaters to also close out, sweeping top honors in all three debates.
At this point, La Cueva had two of the four teams in semi-finals. After highly stressful debates between the two surviving Public Forum teams of Ma/Kast and Zhou/Yang and teams from the Albuquerque Academy and Desert Academy, both prevail and take their rounds!
La Cueva officially closed out every debate category at the Los Alamos Invitational, preventing all other schools including Albuquerque Academy, East Mountain, Cleveland, and Desert Academy from earning any trophies in debate.
Two weeks later, Public Forum winner Michelle Zhou claims, “I am still SO happy about our teams doing so well in Los Alamos.” Michelle Zhou is also one of La Cueva’s most successful speakers, earning 2nd place in Dramatic Interpretation and 1st place in Duo Interpretation with partner Keana Kast– who was also a Public Forum winner.
Other victories include Chloe Baker achieving 1st place in JV Lincoln Douglas. The team then had a celebratory dinner at Chili’s after a long but happy ride back home to Albuquerque.